but Mudhoney were truly the band that made the '90s grunge rock movement possible.
Mudhoney were the first real success story for Sub Pop Records; their music laid the groundwork for the movement that would (briefly) make Seattle, Washington, the new capital of the rock & roll universe. They took the sweat-soaked and beer-fueled mixture of heavy metal muscle, punk attitude, and garage rock primitivism that would become known as "grunge" to the hipster audience for the first time with early releases like 1988's Superfuzz Bigmuff and 1989's Mudhoney, and those fans would in turn sell it to a mass audience ready for something new. Mudhoney never scored the big payday some of their old running buddies did, though they did land a major-label deal that produced several strong albums, especially 1995's My Brother the Cow and 1998's Tomorrow Hit Today. Their importance on the Seattle scene cannot be underestimated, and their body of work -- big, loud, purposefully sloppy, a little bit menacing, and even more funny -- has stood the test of time better than their well-known colleagues. And they continued to produce strong, relevant music into their third decade on 2013's Vanishing Point and 2018's Digital Garbage.
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